Hot off the Press: How a Book Is Made

There is something special about the look and feel of a printed book.

Before you hold that book in your hands, it goes through a long fabrication process in which creativity, art, technology, craftsmanship, and operations management come together. The interactive article describes and illustrates the steps of this fabrication process. It also details the quality control checks needed to ensure the quality and visual appeal of a commercially produced hardcover book.


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Making Short-Haul Rail Transport Economically Feasible

Parallel Systems is building autonomous battery-electric rail vehicles to solve carbon emission and supply chain constraint problems.

The autonomous rail vehicles are used for intermodal transportation, moving steel containers between rail and boats/trucks.  The small size of the Parallel Systems’ rail vehicles can do high-volume turnovers economically and efficiently, offering access to urban communities or ports that do not have large terminals.

According to the company, its vehicles could make rail transport economically feasible for distances of less than 500 miles.


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Goodbye, Fast Fashion. Here Comes Circular Fashion!

Recycled clothes may become the next big thing.

Societal trends compel the fashion industry to reinvent itself continuously. Not too long ago, the fashion retail industry gave old clothes a new life, as shown in the OM Newsletter post, Old is the New Chic at Nordstrom. Now, the textile industry is pushing forward with a “circle of life.” Using the paper and pulp industry technology, Renewcell is recycling old clothes into new fabrics. Fashion giants H&M, Inditex, and […]

Ottobots, Assemble! And Deliver.

Passengers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport can now use their phones to order food and/or retail items and have their purchases delivered to their airport location by a fleet of fully autonomous robots called Ottobots.

Purchases are retrieved by customers from the robot’s secure compartment with a unique QR code that can be scanned by the robot’s camera.  Contactless delivery, fueled by the pandemic, is made possible with Ottonomy’s proprietary Contextual Mobility technology. It enables Ottobots to navigate through crowds […]

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